Springing into Action! Updated Concert Information!!

Happy post-St. Patrick’s Day weekend!  As you gather your coffee and nibble on some muffin (or other breakfast confection of your choosing), take a second to scan through the list of upcoming tours and shows. Shifting gears here on the Tracks, I want to spotlight certain stellar bands I am eager to see and/or great bands I’ve seen and would highly recommend.  (P.S. Apologies for the long delay between posts, some technical difficulties connecting to wordpress from la oficina this past weekend.)

I Can’t Wait For:

Run! Don’t Walk To See:

  • Adam Arcuragi — a mix of folk and gospel, emotionally rousing
  • The Alabama Shakes – old school southern blues with attitude and charm
  • Sharon Van Etten – soulful and intimate songs of serpents and sorrow
  • M83 – dress light because you’ll be drenched in sweat from dancing
  • Wild Flag – these ladies rock

As always, links to tour dates are embedded in band name and links to purchase tickets for Chicago dates embedded into venue name. (Note:  Shows in Bold are those for which I already have tickets and will be in attendance.)

3/21 – Megafaun@ Schubas

3/26-27 Magnetic Fields @ Vic  Stephen Merritt and co. create some of the wryest, catchiest, and clever brill building-esque pop songs.

3/28 – Of Montreal @ Metrosomewhere between psych and glam opera; definitely a dress up and bizarre dancing affair.

3/30 – Chairlift @ Empty Bottle 80s evocative indie-dance group from BKLYN; in 2011 I saw these guys open for James Blake and they were a lot of fun!

3/30-31 – Jeff Tweedy (Scholarship Benefit Show) @ Vic Theatre (Sold Out!)

3/31 – Hood Internet @ Empty Bottle nobody is as clever with mixing and mashing tempos from indie rock standards and hip hop bangers

4/3 – Gotye @ Park Westthis aussie is about to blow up bigger than Olivia Newton John.  If you haven’t heard of him, go here.  Now.

4/3 – Lost in the Trees @ Schubas

4/4 – Youth Lagoon (and Porcelain Rift) @ Metro

4/5 – Wild Flag @ Metro (Sold Out) these ladies rock hard and if you haven’t seen them remedy this now!

4/5 – Neon Indian @ Metro

4/7 – Lucero @ MetroNashville Alt-Country rockers whose music is drenched in pain, sweat, and Whiskey.  Need I say more?

4/8 – Fucked Up @ Lincoln Hall

4/10 – Perfume Genius @ Schubas

4/13 – Mr. Gnome @ Schubas

4/15 – Now, Now @ the Vic Theatre (Note: Opening for the Naked and the Famous)

4/16&17 – Death Cab for Cutie w/ Low @ The Chicago Theatre (Sold Out)

4/18 – Bear in Heaven @ Schubas

4/20 – Cults @ Metro

4/20 – the Jezabels @ Lincoln Hall

4/24 – Lambchop @ Lincoln Hall

4/28 – Tortoise @ Empty Bottle If you’ve never seen these Chicago stalwarts, you NEED to see them if only to witness one of the finest and most captivating drummers/percussion sections of any group out there.

4/30 – Frankie Rose @ Township

5/4 M83 @ the Riviera – (Sold Out) Saw M83 four years ago at the Empty Bottle, I’ve rarely been so tired from dancing or drenched in sweat (except for LCD Soundsystem) as I was that evening

5/10 – Justin Townes Earle @ Park West

5/12 Andrew Bird @ Auditorium Theater Rumor has it that there will be snacks.

5/16 – The Cranberries @ the Riviera Theatrethey seem to be waltzing back into our lives.

5/21-22 –The Beach Boys @ The Chicago Theatre

5/24 – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros @ the Riviera Theatre

6/15-17 – Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park  featuring: Vampire Weekend, Feist, Godspeeed You Black Emperor, Cloud Nothings, Grimes, Kendrick Lamar and many more!

6/22 – Dinosaur Jr. @ Subterranean (Sold Out)

7/27 – Best Coast @ the Vic Theatre

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